Mexico Mission Team Commissioning Celebration
Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church Newsletter
Weekly Happenings at SHPC    
June 15, 2017
Mexico Mission Return Service
and Potluck Brunch 

     This Sunday, June 18, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., we'll welcome back the Mexico Mission Homebuilding Team and their families in a joyful, moving tribute to their transformational peacemaking journey.  The students will lead us, sharing their experience, reflections, and song.  Let's all support the MM Team!  

     All are welcome for the Potluck Brunch following the service. Bring something yummy to share.  (Our Deacons are supplying the hot and cold beverages.)  Let's all extend our warmest hospitality to the MM team and their families!
In This Issue
Quick Links
Bev piano
A Note From 
Pastor Bev

The month of June is full of memory-making occasions.  Get your cameras out, there are end of the year class parties, graduations, weddings, and for us here at SHPC, there is the Mexico Mission.  If you haven't checked out their blog, please scroll down and click to see memory-making in the concrete mixing, stucco slapping, roof scrambling, around the campfire, and especially in those special moments with the Mexican children who hover around our team, looking for opportunities to play with the big kids. 

It's a big experience to cross the border and to encounter deep poverty.  It's a time of discovery for our youth, an opportunity to explore new parts of themselves, as they connect with others in new ways. We can all learn from their experience! We, too, can be builders.  We are called to build up the beloved community and to build up God's world for everybody's children.  I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday!

In peace,

June Calendar
Friday, June 16
Bible Study
Saturday, June 17
                    TBD in the pm 

Sunday, June 18
                    9:30 a.m.
                  10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 21
                  7:30 p.m.

SHPC Singers- All Welcome
Friday, June 23

Bible Study
Sunday, June 25
              9:30 a.m.
             10:30 a.m.
Turning Point Stories 
Coffee and Fellowship - All Welcome

Bible Study Friday, June 16 at NOON 
Micah 6:8 and Matthew 5:1-11
Please Remember in Your Prayers

Our graduates, congratulations and blessings!
Our Mexico Mission home builders, blessings for travel, mission, growth, connection, and community;
Katie Brendler, may God's loving presence and comfort abide with her and her family as they mourn the loss of Katie's dear Father;
Jeri Rayford and her family, grieving the loss of Prentis,  for God's loving presence, strength, and support in their bereavement;
Jody Brockett and her family, grieving the loss of Jody's mother Jeanne, prayers for the family to feel God's comfort and peace;
Shannon Mong, for complete healing for her left hand, and for God's presence, support, and assistance in not over-working while healing;
Kelsey Lopin, for continued flourishing, creativity, and energy as she pursues her education and excels in art;
Andrea Proster, sister of Nancy Elberg, for complete healing, and for Nancy to continue to feel God's abiding presence in companioning her;
Victims of gun violence, and their loved ones, and those who lose all hope and resort to violence, may God heal them;
The hungry, especially all those depending on the US government for food aid here and abroad;
Those fearing loss of medical insurance, for accurate information and honest, humane decision making by our leaders in Congress;
Those living in the shadows and fearing deportation, for safety, security for their families and children, a path to citizenship, and sanctuary;
Our country, for a way forward where we live our values of justice and equality for all people; for a well-informed citizenry; for government of, by, and for the people, with leaders of integrity, and for an end to hate crimes;
The refugees and displaced , almost 1 out of 100 people in the world today, for safety, homes, the basics of life, and freedom from being scapegoated;
Our Muslim neighbors, subject to Islamophobia and hate crimes;
Our planet, the world's poor, all who suffer from disruptive climate change, may we continue our work to keep the planet livable;
Praying Hands
The PC(USA), for the way forward to be illuminated, and for our mission and ministries to be salt and light for the world;
Dr. Doug Tilton, our PC(USA) mission co-worker in Southern Africa;
Our church, for the Spirit to continue to guide us and fill us with energy for mission!

Please take time this week to pray for those on our list.
Congratulations to all the Graduates!

We'd love to share more photos - just 
Sydney & Ryan 
DHS 2017
send to the office!

Owen Hamilton
DHS 2017

(L) Carter Stewart - DHS 2017
Vicky Sarkisian - Northeastern University 2017
Mexico Mission Return Service and Potluck

Our team is building homes in Mexico Sunday through Friday, and you can follow them on their blog SHPC Mexico Mission Trip.

The team plans to return to the church parking lot on Saturday, June 17th in the afternoon, time TBD.  MM leaders will make sure the parents get the ETA. 

Please join us Sunday, June 18th at 9:30 a.m. for the Mexico Mission Student-led Return Service, and Potluck Brunch following the service.  Thank you to those who have volunteered to set up and clean up, and to all for bringing something yummy to share.

You can still donate to support the trip online or if you prefer, by checks. 
If you are donating to a specific person, please note their name in the comment section of the donation page or memo line of the check.

checks (MM on the memo line): Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church, 100 Tarry Rd, San Anselmo CA 94960
From the church and the Mexico Mission team--

 Thank you to Frankie Eakes and Nancy Elberg for the 6 a.m. Send Off Breakfast last Saturday!  

Report from Session - June 14, 2017 Meeting  

Finance- Doug - The final Let's Talk Church Finance discussion will be scheduled soon. The Session has now studied church finance in depth, and will be preparing a report for the congregation with findings. A helpful resource was presented at the June 1 meeting and is available here:
Building and Grounds - Ahmed -  LMP Lease renewal is on track, with excellent church-tenant relations.  Assessment of maintenance and upgrading needs of church and manse continues.
Family Ministries - Janel - Youth improv night, summer mini-camp, and interfaith gatherings discussed.  Budget is an issue for hiring a director and staffing our program to meet the opportunities God has given us.
Mission - Patti - Mission is thriving on all fronts.  We look forward to welcoming back the MM team this Sunday.
Deacons - Kit - We're looking forward to the MM Potluck Brunch after the service this Sunday.
Moderator - Bev - Further Elder Education on healthy church, congregation-presbytery-synod relations. 

Dennis Latta
Clerk of Session 


An Invitation from the PC(USA) DC Office:
In Acts 1:8 Jesus says to His disciples, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."
Presbyterians have heard the call from Jesus to fully commit to being faithful witnesses to the call from God to transform the world. We are called to be active in social and moral issues as we engage the world in the public square. Over the years much of our justice work out of this office has focused on direct advocacy with Congressional offices, the White House, and government agencies. This year alone we have met with members of Congress and their staffers on such vital issues as the travel ban, the Johnson Amendment and the federal budget. Over and over again, members of Congress insist that they want to hear directly from their constituents while also building a relationship with representatives of the denomination. While our presence on Capitol Hill is essential, we see the need to build political power with the church to advance a justice agenda and know we cannot do all of that necessary work from Washington D.C. Every member of Congress is elected from their district and their ultimate loyalties lie with their constituents. It is indeed true that all politics is local for politics is originated and determined locally.
It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that we share with you our Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator Program. We created this program to offer a higher level of engagement and leadership development for congregations who want to build power in their communities, states, and amplify the voice of the faith community on the national level. Our vision is that every congregation will have a robust social witness ministry that is deeply involved in local work and has strong relationships with state and national legislators. Over the course of the next year, the Office of Public Witness will connect with Grassroots Advocacy Coordinators to offer team-building workshops, issue briefs and grassroots advocacy and community organizing trainings. OPW staff will also be available to for regular consultation by phone to support Grassroots Advocacy Coordinators with the cohesion of their team and as they prepare for in-state Congressional visits, participate in local campaigns, and engage in congregational education.
If you are interested in becoming a Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, fill out this form and we'll be in touch with you shortly!  For an introduction to the program, please join us for a webinar entitled "Grassroots Advocacy and Organizing 101, " :
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  For more info:
We look forward to working more closely with you as we lift our voices to advocate for education, investment in peace and not war, economic and racial justice, and the whole inhabited earth.
In Faith We Share,
Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, OPW, PC(USA) 

Please welcome our new interim office administrator and communications associate, Kara New, who is our newsletter editor while Katie Brendler is away.  Kara is a rising senior at Dominican University, majoring in communications and media, and she is currently interning for the Warriors AND the SF Giants!  You can reach her at the office email,
Sunday Offering Counters Needed

Members needed to count the offering and deposit the funds in the bank each week.  You'll be teamed up with a veteran!  Contact Doug or the office if you are interested in this important way of serving the church.

     Wil has moved!
Wil would like you to know that he has moved to Alma Via in Terra Linda.  YES, he still plans to come to church! At Alma Via, he'll have 3 meals a day, and so now he'll be inviting US to eat with him!  Please call the church office to get his new cell phone number.

And thank him for his Food Barrel ministry!

NEW FOLKS - We will match you with a veteran so that you can be trained on our highly complex coffeemaker and have FUN!

Fellowship time is organized by your Deacons. We need everyone to sign-up about 3-4 times a year. 
Click below to sign up: 
Sign up now and keep the hospitality

Don't be shy, Greeting is a Treat!
We've updated the signups for the new year!  

Help with our ministry of hospitality by signing up to be a greeter! All you have to do is get to church by 9:15, light the candles, and hand out bulletins with a smile. Thank you to all who have signed up so far!

Thank you all for your continued support,
Jody Brockett, 
Worship Elder

Drew and Janel invite us to a special 
Improv night! 
Summer Blockbuster Series:
Meanwhile in Marin

Improv Marin brings people together through spontaneity. They produce improv workshops, performances, and events to educate, entertain, and inspire the people of Marin (and beyond) to work and play better together.

Friday, June 16th and 30th, 8:00pm- 9:45pm, West End Studio Theater

1554 4th Street, San Rafael, CA 94901
For tickets & info
Check out the website here

Celebration Begins
Friday, June 16
6:00-9:00pm, Poolside, Community Center
1317 Butterfield Road


Burgers, hot dogs, favorite beverages, ice cream, music and the Pool!

Cooked & Served by your Sleepy Hollow Homes Assoc. Board & Neighbors 
SHHA Members Receive 2 Free Beverage Tickets.
JOIN NOW at or at the Party
July 4:  See or be seen in the Sleepy Hollow Parade, then join the all-day party at the pool. 

August 4:  The beat goes on, Friday: 6:00-9:00 pm 

Join us at ZE!

A spectacular setting and the friendliest folks 

Pastor Bev is teaching a class on Transformation in favorite stories from sacred text and sacred art, and we'll be sharing our own "turning point" stories.  

Hope to see you there!
To learn more or to register for the event
check out their website:

Free Parent Support Group
The Muir Woods Adolescent and Family Services provides two free services for parents. 

"Navigating Parenting of a Teen Suffering from Substance Use Issues"

2nd Saturday of every month from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm 

Giving parents the opportunity to share experiences and give insight from pears. 

"The Sky Is The Limit, Boundaries are the Base"
4th Saturday of every month from 11:00 am- 12:30 pm
A multi-parent process group focused on psycho-education, family support and healthy relationships with their child.

For more information go to their website 
Alcoholics Anonymous is a worldwide fellowship of men and women who help each other to maintain sobriety through sharing their recovery experience with others. 

Looking for more information? Check out the San Francisco/Marin AA website for more information including meeting times and places, including meetings at Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church every Tuesday at 8:30pm

24-hour hotline is also available for immediate listening and guidance if wished -
·        6pm-10am in Marin 415-499-0400
·       10am-6pm - SF Central Office (415) 674-1821 (they will refer Marin callers to Marin resources)

Sleepy Hollow Presbyterian Church
100 Tarry Road
San Anselmo, CA  94960
Kara New,  Editor
E-mail us at or call us at 415-453-8221